Teppo Felin
 Univ of Oxford


   Twitter @teppofelin


cognition perception rationality tech AI blockchain organizations economics markets strategy


Academy of Managem
ent Annals, Associate Editor 

Academy of Management Review, Editorial Board 

Academy of Management Perspectives, E
ditorial Board [2016-present]

Journal of Management, 
 Editorial Board 


Caryn Devins law [html]

Stuart Kauffman theoretical biology [html]

Jan Koenderink physics [

Joachim Krueger psychology [html]

2013-2018 OXFORD TALKS

  Howard Aldrich, UNC  
  Lawrence Freedman, KCL
  Bruce Kogut, Columbia
  Brian Uzzi, Northwestern
  Paul Adler, USC
  Julian Birkinshaw, LBS
  Brian Silverman, Toronto
  Matt Kraatz, U of Illinois
  Dan Raff, Wharton
  Willie Ocasio, Northwestern
  Vibha Gaba, INSEAD
  Todd Zenger, U of Utah
  Michael Cusumano, MIT
  Robert Burgelman, Stanford
  Mauro Guillen, Wharton
  Jeff Reuer, U of Colorado
  Gary Dushnitsky, LBS
  Bill Starbuck, Oregon
  Ezra Zuckerman, MIT
  Diane Burton, Cornell
  Russ Coff, U of Wisconsin
  Kim Elsbach, UC Davis
  Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Oregon
  Mark de Rond, Cambridge
  Royston Greenwood, U of Alberta
  Nicolai Foss, CBS
  David Seidl, U of Zurich
  Erkko Autio, Imperial College
  Gianpiero Petriglieri, INSEAD
  Matthew Bothner, ESMT
  Felipe Csaszar, U of Michigan

  Andrea Prencipe, LUISS

  Arne Kalleberg, UNC 


49. Chater N, Felin T, Funder D, Gigerenzer G, Noble D, Nordli S, Oaksford M, Schwartz B, Stanovich K & Todd P (2018). Mind, rationality and cognition: An interdisciplinary debate. Psych Bulletin & Review. [html] [pdf]
our response in PBR: Cues, minds, and equilibria [html]
48. Felin, T & Lakhani, K (2018). What problems can you solve with blockchain? MIT Sloan Management Review. [html]

47. Felin, T & Zenger, T (2017). The theory-based view: Economic actors as theorists. Strategy Science. [html] [pdf]

46. Felin T, Koenderink J & Krueger J (2017). Rationality, perception, 
and the all-seeing eye. Psych Bulletin & Review. [html] [pdf]


45. Devins C, Felin T, Kauffman S & Koppl R (2017). The law and big data. Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. [html]

44. Felin T, Lakhani K & Tushman M (2017). Firms, crowds, and innovation. Strategic Organization.  

43. Felin, T & Zenger, T (2017). What sets breakthrough strategies apart. MIT Sloan Management Review. 

42. Hallberg N & Felin T (2017). Untangling infinite regress and the origins of capability. Journal of Management Inquiry.

41. Felin T & Zenger T (2016). 
Strategy, problems and a theory for the firm. Organization Science.

40. Felin T, Kauffman S, Mastrogiorgio A & Mastrogiorgio M (2016). Factor markets, actors and affordances. Industrial & Corporate Change. [html]

39. Felin T (2016). When strategy walks out the door. MIT Sloan Management Review. [html]

38. Felin T & Powell T (2016). 
Designing organizations for 
dynamic capabilities. California Management Review. [html]

37. Stirling W & Felin T (2016). Satisficing, preferences and social interaction: A new perspective. 
Theory & Decision. [html]

36. Devins C, Koppl R, Kauffman S & Felin, T (2016). Still against design: A response to Steven Calabresi, Sanford Levinson and Vernon Smith. Arizona State Law Journal. [pdf]

35. David R, Felin T, Langley A, Rowley T, Verona G. (2016). The strategic organization of strategic management scholarship. Strategic Organization.

32. Koppl R, Kauffman S, Felin T & Longo G (2015b). Economics for a creative world: A response to comments. Journal of Institutional Economics.

31. Felin T, Foss N & Ployhart R (2015). Microfoundations movement in strategy and organization theory. Academy of Management Annals.

30. Koppl R, Kauffman S, Felin T & Longo G (2015a). Economics for a creative world. Journal of Institutional Economics.

this paper received the 2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize [html]

29. Devins C, Koppl R, Kauffman S & Felin T (2015). Against design. 
Arizona State Law Journal[html]

responses to this article by:
Steven Calabresi [pdf], 
Sanford Levinson [pdf], Vernon Smith [pdf

28. Felin T, Kauffman S, Koppl R & Longo G (2014). Economic opportunity and evolution: Beyond landscapes and bounded rationality. Strategic 
Entrepreneurship Journal. [html

Mark Buchanan discusses this paper in Nature Physicssee here

27. Abell P, Felin T & Foss N (2014). Microfoundations of Social Theory: A Response to Jepperson and Meyer. Sociologica. [html]

26. Felin T & Zenger T (2014). Closed or open innovation? Problem solving and the governance choice. Research Policy. [open access] [pdf]

24. Barney J & Felin T (2013). What are microfoundations? Academy of Management Perspectives. [pdf]

22. Argyres N, Felin T, Foss N & Zenger T (2012). Organizational economics of capability and heterogeneity. Organization Science. [html]

21. Felin T (2012). Cosmologies of capability, markets and wisdom of crowds. Managerial & Decision Economics. [html]

interdisciplinary special issue with contributions from David Sumpter, Scott Page, Robb Willer, Claudio Castellano, Peter Leeson, Bruno Frey, Margit Osterloh and others. 

20. Felin T & Foss N (2012). The (proper) microfoundations of routines and capabilities: a response to Winter, Pentland, Hodgson and Knudsen. 
Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf]

7. Felin T & Foss N (2009). Performativity of theory, arbitrary conventions, and possible worlds: a reality check. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]

6. Felin T & Zenger T (2009). Entrepreneurs as theorists: on the origins of collective beliefs and novel strategies. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. [pdf] [html

5. Felin T, Zenger T & Tomsik J (2009). The knowledge economy: emerging organizational forms, missing microfoundations and key considerations for managing human capital. Human Resource Management.

4. Abell P, Felin T & Foss N (2008). Building microfoundations for the routines, capabilities, and performance links. Managerial & Decision Economics. [pdf] [html]

3. Felin T & Hesterly W (2007). The knowledge-based view, nested heterogeneity, and new value creation: philosophical considerations on the locus of knowledge. Academy of Management Review. [pdf] [html]

2. Felin T & Foss N (2006). Individuals and organizations: thoughts on a microfoundations project for strategic management and organizational analysis. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management.

1. Felin T & Foss N (2005). Strategic organization: a field in search of micro
-foundations. Strategic Organization. [pdf]


Oct 2018: innovation conference, 
UC Berkeley

The fallacy of obviousness, 
Aeon Magazine [html]

Sept 2018: co-convening a 
small workshop in Oxford with George EllisDraft program here

Sept 2018: SMS workshop 
on behavioral strategy and microfoundations

teaching online Oxford Blockchain Strategy course [html]

EconTalk interview with 
Russ Roberts: Blindness, 
rationality and perception [html]


June 2018: Strategy Science 
conference at Wharton, UPenn [html] - panel with Arnaldo Camuffo, Alfonso Gambardella, Todd Zenger and Scott Stern

BBC interview related to big data, artificial intelligence and the fallacy of obviousness [html]


a few items from the past: PLOS ONE piece [html] and special issue with fantastic contributors [html]

April 2018: Big Data symposium [html]

interview with Geoff Mulgan at the Oxford Literary Festival: book Big Mind (Princeton U Press) [html]

"Creating a hive mind" - short blurb about some research, by Rob Brown [html]

speaking at Edith Penrose book launch in Oxford, 16 Nov 2017 [html]

Sept 2017 Strategy Science conference at Apple, Cupertino, CA: origins of great strategy [html]

Sept 2017 plenary with Nick Chater and Adam Oliver: behavioral science and public policy [html]

90 mile Oxford-Cambridge charity bike ride, British Heart Foundation [donate here]


come join our DPhil (PhD) program here in Oxford next year [pdf brochure]


34. Felin T (2015). A forum on minds and institutions. Journal of Institutional Economics. [html] 

intro to forum with papers by Cass Sunstein & Reid Hastie and Giovanni Dosi & Luigi Marengo

33. Felin T (2015). Valve Corporation: Strategy tipping points and thresholds. Journal of Organization Design. [html]  

commentary on article by Phanish Puranam and Dorthe Håkonsson.[html]

25. Stirling W & Felin T (2013). Game theory, conditional preferences and social influence. PLoS ONE. [html]


23. Felin T & Knudsen T (2012). A theory of nascent entrepreneurship and organization. Managerial & Decision Economics. [pdf] [html

19. Felin T, Foss N, Heimeriks K & Madsen T (2012). Microfoundations of routines and capabilities: individuals, processes and structures. Journal of Management Studies.

18. Stirling W, Giraud-Carrier C & Felin T (2012). A framework for the design and synthesis of coordinated social systems. 
Social Informatics.

17. Felin T & Foss N (2011). The endogenous origins of experience, routines and organizational capabilities: the poverty of stimulus. Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf] [html]

16. Felin T & Zenger T (2011). Information aggregation, matching, and radical market-hierarchy hybrids. Strategic Organization.
[pdf] [html]

15. Zenger T, Felin T & Bigelow L (2011). Theories of the firm-market boundary. Academy of Management Annals. [html] [pdf]

14. Abell P, Felin T & Foss N (2010). Causal and constitutive relations and the squaring of coleman's diagram: reply to Vromen Erkenntnis. [html] [pdf]

13. Felin T & Foss N (2009). 
Social reality, the boundaries of self-fulfilling prophecy, and economics. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]

response by Ferraro, Pfeffer & Sutton. How and why theories matter: a comment on Felin and Foss [see here]; editor introduction [see here]

12. Felin T & Foss N (2009). Organizational routines and capabilities: Historical drift and a course-correction toward microfoundations. Scandinavian Journal of Management. [html]

11. King B, Felin T & Whetten D (2009). Comparative organizational analysis. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. [pdf]

review of volume by P Foreman in Administrative Science Quarterly (2010)

10. Felin T & Spender JC (2009). An exchange of ideas about knowledge governance: seeking first principles and microfoundations. In Knowledge Governance, edited by Foss et al. Oxford University Press.

9. King B, Felin T & Whetten D (2010). Finding the organization
 in organization theory: a meta-theory of the organization as social actor. Organization Science. [pdf] [html

8. Whetten D, Felin T & King B (2009). Theory-borrowing in organizational studies. Journal of Management. [pdf] [scribd]